South Africa vs. India, 1st Test: Day 1 Scorecard and Report from Johannesburg

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorDecember 18, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 18: Virat Kohli of India celebrates his 100 runs during day 1 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The opening day of the first Test finished evenly poised with India reaching 255-5 at stumps in Johannesburg.

Virat Kohli enriched proceedings in the clash between the world’s top two ranked Test nations with 119 at the New Wanderers Stadium.

However, he was removed late in the day by Jacques Kallis to leave honours about even after India won the toss and elected to bat.

India 1st innings: 255 (90 Overs)
M Vijayc †de Villiers b Morkel66942
S Dhawanc Imran Tahir b Steyn133727
CA Pujararun out (Imran Tahir/Amla)2514898
V Kohlic Duminy b Kallis119257181
RG Sharmac †de Villiers b Philander144842
AM Rahanenot out43105
MS Dhoni*†not out1746
Extras(lb 3, w 14, nb 1)18
DW Steyn235561
VD Philander212551
M Morkel1910271
JH Kallis144371
Imran Tahir80470
JP Duminy50300

The Proteas made an early breakthrough when Shikhar Dhawan top-edged an attempted pull off Dale Steyn to Imran Tahir at fine leg after making 13.

His fellow opener Murali Vijay followed after a painstaking six, a lack of foot movement and a waft outside off-stump leading to a routine catch for AB de Villiers off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

India regrouped with a 89-run partnership for the third wicket, but Cheteshwar Pujara was comically run out midway through the afternoon session for 25.


Rohit Sharma then departed for 15 shortly before tea after attempting to drive Vernon Philander, but only succeeded in edging through to the grateful De Villiers behind the stumps.

Kohli shrugged off the loss of his batting partners to bring up his fifth Test century, his ton coming up off just 140 balls with 16 boundaries.

However, when he reached 119, he drove Kallis straight to JP Duminy at cover point and South Africa had a crucial breakthrough.

Ajinkya Rahane (43 not out), in just his second Test, and captain MS Dhoni (17 not out) saw the tourists through to stumps without further loss.

The teams are only playing a two-Test series with the second meeting beginning in Durban on Boxing Day.